Nasty Little Bothersome Pests-Government

August 29th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

Is it time to finally start ignoring a lot of what our government tries to push in us? I think it’s time for serious pushback. (* Note to those that might say I’m suggesting violence or overthrowing the government – I’m not) I’m saying that when ridiculousness like this happens that we all rally together and have multiple lemonade stands. And if they try to fine us all we simply tell them to go away because they’re not welcome and we’re not paying 1 red cent of their “fine”.

Read the story below… I’m beginning to think that there’s a nation-wide government conspiracy against either lemonade or children, because these lemonade stand shutdowns seem to be getting more and more common. If you set up a stand for your kids, just be prepared for a visit from the cops.

In Coralville, Iowa police shut down 4-year-old Abigail Krstinger’s lemonade stand after it had been up for half an hour. Dustin Krustinger told reporters that his daughter was selling lemonade at 25 cents a cup during the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa (or RAGBRAI), and couldn’t have made more than five dollars, adding “If the line is drawn to the point where a four-year-old eight blocks away can’t sell a couple glasses of lemonade for 25 cents, than I think the line has been drawn at the wrong spot.”

Nearby, mother Bobbie Nelson had her kids’ lemonade stand shutdown as well. Police informed her that a permit would cost $400.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, police shutdown a lemonade stand run by three girls who were saving money to go to a water park. Police said the girls needed a business license, a peddler’s permit, and a food permit to operate the stand, which cost $50 per day or $180 per year each, sums that would quickly cut into any possible profit-margin.

In Appleton, Wisconsin the city council recently passed an ordinance preventing vendors from selling products within two blocks of local events – including kids who want to sell lemonade or cookies.

These are hardly isolated incidents. From slapping parents with $500 fines for letting their kids run unlicensed lemonade stands (though this was later waived after public outcry), to government officials calling the cops on kidsselling cupcakes, the list goes on and on and on.

Nor does it stop with kids. Food Trucks are also under the gun of regulators and city governmentsacross the country. This isn’t to say that food trucks don’t need any regulations at all, but many of the regulations that come down the pipeline are pushed by brick-and-mortar competitors who want to keep competition at a minimum.

But it’s the shutdown of lemonade stands that I find so inexplicable. Who stands to lose from a couple of six-year-olds selling lemonade? Who stands to gain from shutting them down? Do local governments really think parents are going to pay for $400 vendor permits, or that kids can scrape together the money for food permits? Are there any actual safety risks? Kids have been selling lemonade for decades without permits of any sort. They often set the stands up just for fun, but many lemonade stands (or bake sales) are used to raise money for schools, cancer, or sick pets. Lemonade stands represent the most innocent, optimistic side of capitalism out there.

Fortunately, August 20th is now unofficiallyNational Lemonade Freedom Day, because when life gives you overbearing government regulations…make lemonade, or something.

A map of lemonade stand crackdowns can be found here. They’re spread out pretty much all across the country.

Hat tip to Radley Balko and the Reason team for many of these stories, so many of which sound like they’ve been pulled straight from The Onion.

Image: Young entrepreneurs collect money at their lemonade stand outside of the site for the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament in Bethesda, Md. , Friday, June 17, 2011. The stand, originally setup up near the main entrance of the golf course, was forced to move and fined $500, The fine was later rescinded. Via Daylife.

The Real Enemy Is The Tea Party

August 23rd, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives One Response

“Let us all remember who the real enemy is. The real enemy is the Tea Party — the Tea Party holds the Congress hostage. They have one goal in mind, and that’s to make President Obama a one-term president,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) said at a Miami town hall with constituents.

Erika Payne vs. Small Business Owner

August 23rd, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

In addition to the Agenda Project, Payne is also the founder of the Tesseract Group, a boutique consulting firm that provides strategy and communications expertise to select public policy and political organizations.

The Agenda Project’s goal is to build a powerful, intelligent, well-connected political movement capable of identifying and advancing rational, effective ideas in the public debate and in so doing ensure our country’s enduring success.

Maxine “The Mouth” Waters

August 23rd, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 5 Responses
Maxine “The Mouth” Waters

OP-ED

We have been asked why the NC Tea Party has not commented on Maxine Water’s comment that the “Tea Party Can go To Hell”. But look at her, she is miserable… she’s already in hell, she’s angry and she doesn’t know why. So from our perspective, why kick a dead horse. However we would like to invite her to shut that “Gateway to Hell” she calls a mouth.

Debating Our Destiny

August 23rd, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Debating Our Destiny

Here is an interesting show about the various debates that have taken place over the past years, both Presidential and VP. It is very good and it is entertaining. Worth a watch! Put on by UNCTV. Enjoy!

Rep Dale Folwell at the Forsyth County Tea Party Picnic 8/18

August 19th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 6 Responses
Rep Dale Folwell at the Forsyth County Tea Party Picnic 8/18

Last night, Thursday August 18th, 2011 we had a picnic for the Forsyth County Tea Party section of our Tea Party in NC. Among a few speakers and Representatives we had Dale Folwell give a few minutes of his time to speak with us.

WS Journal Readers on Tea Party

August 18th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives 8 Responses

Sum It Up:

The Sum It Up question from Sunday was: Do you think the tea party is effective?

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The tea-party movement represents a growing number of Americans who object to the destructive “progressive” policies emanating from both sides of the political aisle — dating back to Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. Come November 2012, we shall see just how effective the tea party will have been toward reversing the unprecedented big-spending, big-government policies of George W. Bush and the accelerated, expansive policies of Barack Obama.

DEBORAH S. “DEB” PHILLIPS

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Not yet. But, if the tea party can pave the way for members of the coffee party, tequila party and whatever other beverage you like to join them in office, then they will have been effective. It will take many groups working together to effect meaningful and positive change in the way government operates.

MELODY THOMSON

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The tea party has been very effective in mobilizing the citizens among us who have been brainwashed by Fox News. It is backed financially by the Koch brothers, who are as far right as one can get. Certainly it was effective in lowering the U.S.’s credit rating, to our detriment. So, yes it is effective, and it is also despicable.

ANNE N. PAISLEY

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Were the Iron Age, Renaissance or the Industrial Revolution effective?

Like many awakenings, there is no single point of reference to follow in effectiveness. There is no man-led “tea party,” as handy a label as that is for some to attack. It is an idea with many voices and no single guiding hand, but minds of common sense and frustration, with a system seemingly out of control, no matter the “proper” party involved. Yes, the ideas are effective, if only because so many people believe in them. But then, isn’t that true of all successful movements?

JACK C. LITTLE

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The tea party is very effective in revealing that its primary goal is defeating President Barack Obama in the 2012 election.

Even if its actions break the country apart in the process, so be it.

MARY H. MURPHY

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Yes, the tea party is effective, but not in a positive way. No good leadership. They want to win the 2012 election at any cost.

ELIZABETH R. ERVIN

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Has the tea party been successful? You betcha. Founders and money backers, Charles and David Koch, are now each worth $17.5 billion apiece. They will be worth more when they get those pesky “government regulations” and those unions out of the way and not to have to pay those messy taxes.

This is not a grass-roots revolution. This is a well-financed plan to keep the mega-wealthy unencumbered. Read about it before public education is made a thing of the past.

VICTORIA WEEKE

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The tea party is very effective, just as rats are very effective in spreading diseases.

DAVE DANNER SR.

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The tea party has introduced a new awakening for all Americans. Its effectiveness has resulted into a better insight into our government, politicians and patriotism.

SUSAN WARREN

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Many of us once found the tea party laughable and absurd, but it appears this group of ideologues is gaining traction, effectively thwarting our democracy as we know it. The very thought of Rep. Michele Bachmann’s winning the straw poll vote in Iowa is no longer amusing, but rather a genuine concern. Why would American voters want to elect a president or legislators who wish to dismantle the government that has served our country well?

ANNE GRIFFIS WILSON

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Well, it must be pretty effective, we’re still talking about it.

KAM BENFIELD

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The tea party has some good goals, but its plans are unworkable; kind of like, “We’re driving the interstate at 70 mph in the wrong direction. Let’s ignore the Mack truck on our left and jump the Jersey barriers to get in the opposite lane now .” It would seem better to drift right, take the next exit (which might be a few miles down the road), make a couple left turns (honoring stop lights at the overpass), then accelerate smoothly to merge back on the interstate, headed the other way.

JIM WHEELER

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The tea party is effective in making our Congress ineffective.

HENRY FANSLER

A CEO tells DC: You’ve been cut off. Finally!

August 18th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
A CEO tells DC: You’ve been cut off. Finally!

Folks, let’s all follow suit here. How about no more political donations to anyone on any side! This is also what America should do with taxes, stop paying them for a year to force a new tax system and to weed out those blood suckers that are feeding from our tax dollars. Cut off the supply and make them straighten up and fly right.

From CNN Money:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is fed up with Washington.

And he is doing something about it.

Spurred by what he describes as a failure of leadership on the part of lawmakers, Schultz is mounting a one-man bull rush against a political culture that has “chosen to put partisan and ideological purity over the well being of the people.”

What does that mean? No more political donations — not for anybody.

And he’s recruiting other CEOs to join him.

“I am asking that all of us forgo political contributions until the Congress and the President return to Washington and deliver a fiscally, disciplined long term debt and deficit plan to the American people,” Schultz wrote in a letter that was passed on to members of the NYSE and Nasdaq.

The goal is to hit lawmakers right where it hurts: the pocketbook.

“All it seems people are interested in is re-election,” Schultz told CNNMoney on Tuesday. “And that re-election — the lifeblood of it is fundraising.”

Schultz said his breaking point was the contentious debate over raising the debt ceiling — and the failure to reach a long-term solution to lower deficits.

Read the entire article.

Republican Primary Debate August 2011

August 13th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses
Republican Primary Debate August 2011

As promised, a little bit late, the entire Republican debate from Thursday Aug 11, 2011.

Gov’t pays for empty flights to rural airports

August 12th, 2011 by NC Tea Party Staff Categories: Archives No Responses

On some days, the pilots with Great Lakes Airlines fire up a twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 at the Ely, Nev., airport and depart for Las Vegas without a single passenger on board. And the federal government pays them to do it.

Federal statistics reviewed by The Associated Press show that in 2010, just 227 passengers flew out of Ely while the airline got $1.8 million in subsidies. The travelers paid $70 to $90 for a one-way ticket. The cost to taxpayers for each ticket: $4,107.

Ely is one of 153 rural communities where airlines get subsidies through the $200 million Essential Air Service program, and one of 13 that critics say should be eliminated from it. Some call the spending a boondoggle, but others see it as a critical financial lifeline to ensure economic stability in rural areas.

Steve Smith, executive director of the Jackson, Tenn., airport authority, also has seen empty or near empty flights take off, since the airlines get paid per flight, not per passenger. The subsidy amounted to $244 for each of the 2,514 people who flew out of Smith’s airport last year, though few if any passengers knew that.

“They fly the empty plane so they can still get the money,” Smith said.

The fight over the subsidies was a key sticking point that led to the recent political standoff in Washington that temporarily shut down the Federal Aviation Administration, putting thousands out of work for nearly two weeks. There were other disputes as well, such as a GOP proposal that would make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize.

Republicans got the EAS cuts they were looking for in last week’s agreement – but with a major caveat. Subsidies to Ely, Jackson and 11 other communities are set to end, but Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has the authority to continue them if he decides it’s necessary.

Rep. David McKinley, a Republican who came into office with tea party support, sided on the issue with Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a fellow West Virginian who has used his position as chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to support the current funding.

Flights out of Morgantown, W.Va., were among those targeted by other Republicans. A $1 million subsidy amounted to about $52 for each of Morgantown’s more than 10,000 passengers last year.

McKinley describes himself “as a small government, free-market focused owner of a small business,” but said airports that receive subsidies “serve as crucial engines of job creation for many small towns and rural areas.”

Read more, then come back and share your thoughts.

Should the government be subsidizing these airports?